Brazilian National Teamer Gabriella Guimarães Suffers Gruesome Injury

  0 Liam Smith | October 22nd, 2017 | Brazilian League, Brazilian Volleyball, International Volleyball, News, Pro Indoor, South American Volleyball

Warning! Injury is very graphic and viewer’s discretion is advised!

Brazilian national teamer and Sesc/RJ player Gabriella Souza suffered a gruesome right knee injury this weekend in her team’s win against Hinode/Barueri in their second round Superliga match-up. The injury happened during the game’s tie break, after she attacked a ball and landed awkwardly on only one leg. She immediately went down screaming in pain, a sign that something serious had happened, as “Gabiru” is one of the toughest Brazilian volleyball players, and was actually playing with a broken finger in her left hand during the game.

All players on court expressed heartfelt concern for their peer, as most of them were in tears, including opposite team coach José Roberto Guimarães:

When she fell and started screaming, I panicked – Coach Guimarães

Coincidentally, Guimarães is her coach in the national team, where she plays as libero instead of as an opposite hitter, her usual position in club play. This year she helped Brazil in their 2017 Grand Prix gold medal run and 2017 Grand Champions Cups silver medal. She is Sesc/RJ‘s third player to go down with an injury this season, as national teamers Gabriela Guimarães and Juciely Barreto are also recovering from surgery.

Here is the message Gabriela left fans on Instagram after the injury:

We as players know that we are subject to injuries every time we step on the court. However, I never expected something like this to happen and always played with no fear of getting injured! I had some torn ligaments in my knee that will require surgery. Nothing new, as this is a normal injury in athletes. I am not the first one that his happened to, nor will I be the last! I am sad to know that I will be kept from doing the thing I most love for such a long period of time. Now I need to focus on my recovery, but with a heavy heart, knowing that I won’t be able to help my team the way I wanted to! I am relieved to be at the hands of excellent doctors that I trust very much. I am with my family and friends, they make everything better.
All the messages I have received have greatly strenghtened me up. I thank all of you sincerely.
Girls (refering to her teamates), all of you were f*** awesome yesterday. I am proud of you, and sincerely thank all your help.

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Sabemos que estamos sujeitas a nos machucar todos os dias. Obviamente nunca esperei por algo assim e sempre joguei sem o menor medo em relação a isso!! Tive um rompimento de ligamentos no qual será necessário operação. Nada inédito, já que é uma típica lesão de joelho de atletas. Não fui a primeira e nem serei a ultima! Triste por saber que ficarei um longo periodo longe do que mais amo fazer. Agora preciso focar na minha recuperação e estarei com o coração apertado por não poder ajudar da maneira que eu queria o meu time! Fico tranquila por estar em boas mãos, com excelentes profissionais que confio. Estou com minha familia e amigos que deixam tudo melhor! Todas as mensagens que recebi só estão me dando mais força!! Obrigada de verdade. Meninas , vocês foram fodas ontem! Muito orgulho e obrigada mesmo pelo apoio. #JuntosSomosMaisQueUmTime #sescrj #daquiapoucotodevolta

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